Spontoon Spon*toon" (sp[o^]n*t[=oo]n"), n. [F. sponton, esponton, It. spontone, spuntone.] (Mil.) A kind of half-pike, or halberd, formerly borne by inferior officers of the British infantry, and used in giving signals to the soldiers. [1913 Webster]

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  • spontoon — [spän to͞on′] n. [Fr sponton < It spuntone < s (< L ex ) + punto < L punctum, a POINT] a short pike or halberd carried by 18th cent. infantry officers …   English World dictionary

  • Spontoon — A Spontoon is type of European lance that came into being after the pike, becoming widely used by the middle of the 17th century. Spontoons are first found to have been used by the Italians. [ [http://therionarms.com/sold/ttoy296.html] ] Also… …   Wikipedia

  • spontoon — noun Etymology: French sponton, from Italian spuntone, from punta sharp point, from Vulgar Latin *puncta more at point Date: 1598 a short pike formerly borne by subordinate officers of infantry …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • spontoon — /spon toohn /, n. a shafted weapon having a pointed blade with crossbar at its base, used by infantry officers in the 17th and 18th centuries. Also called half pike. [1590 1600; < F esponton < It spuntone, equiv. to s EX 1 + puntone kind of… …   Universalium

  • spontoon — noun A pointed weapon similar to a pike …   Wiktionary

  • spontoon — spon·toon …   English syllables

  • spontoon — spon•toon [[t]spɒnˈtun[/t]] n. mil a short pike used as a weapon in the 17th and 18th centuries • Etymology: 1590–1600; < F esponton …   From formal English to slang

  • spontoon — /spɒnˈtun/ (say spon toohn) noun a shafted weapon with broad blade and basal crossbar used in the 18th and 19th centuries. {French sponton, from Italian spuntone, from puntone point, from punto, from Latin punctum} …   Australian English dictionary

  • spontoon —   n. short pike carried by 18th century infantry officer …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • spontoon — …   Useful english dictionary

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